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Alex Raymont sets new Canadian record on EN B

Alex Raymont sets new Canadian record on EN B

Alex Raymont set a new Canadian open distance paragliding record on 20 May 2017 when he flew 334.5km over eight hours on his new Gin Explorer (EN B). Canada’s Stewart Midwinter reports: A group of paraglider and hang glider pilots are all gathered together in Alberta this week for the “Miles in May” record encampment, […]

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Triple Seven’s EN-B Knight is ready!

Triple Seven’s EN-B Knight is ready!

Triple Seven have announced that their EN-B Knight is now available, and that it’s, “the nicest wing in the category we have ever flown”.  It’s aimed at “typical EN-B” pilots, and it’s, A classic Triple Seven paraglider, with much more performance than you would expect in its class, with very direct, responsive handling, and buckets of passive […]

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Nirvana introduce powerful Ranger paramotor

Nirvana introduce powerful Ranger paramotor

The Ranger, Nirvana’s latest paramotor, was designed for rangers, conservationists and photographers. It was developed for African bush-pilot and animal conservationist Eugene Cussons, founder of the RAPTOR project. Eugene uses paramotors in his fight against poachers in Africa’s national parks. To best suit its purpose, the Raptor needed a powerful engine, so Nirvana use their NS 230, which was previously only […]

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Skytraxx: FANET to become FANET+

Skytraxx: FANET to become FANET+

Skytraxx instruments with the FANET Flying Ad-hoc NETwork will soon also be able to use the FLARM collision avoidance system. As reported in issue 180, Skytraxx 2.0+ and 3.0 flight instruments use FANET to exchange data with each other (e.g. location) and with ground stations (for weather information). It works at a range of up to 30km […]

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Polini Thor 80 motor updated

Polini Thor 80 motor updated

Polini have updated their smallest paramotor engine, the Thor 80. They say it’s a compact but powerful engine with an excellent power-to-weight ratio. The new version weighs just 11.1kg, and features an advanced, performance-optimising air filter. The Thor 80 has an aluminium cylinder, a displacement of 86cc and a power of 17.2HP for 10,450rpm. Polini say a nickel-siliceous coating on […]

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Apco NRG XC II: PPG wing for slalom and XC

Apco NRG XC II: PPG wing for slalom and XC

Apco say their new NRG XC II is a high-performance PPG wing that excels in both slalom and cross-country. They describe it as small and safe, and ideal for fast cross-countries or nipping around pylons. It features Apco’s ABS® (Automatic Balance System), which gradually pulls down the tip-steering as the trimmers are released or the speedbar pushed, which  cancels out […]

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Dron: new paramotor frame from Airfer

Dron: new paramotor frame from Airfer

Airfer have unveiled their latest paramotor frame. It’s called the Dron, and they say it is a safe and solid 16mm-tube frame, strong enough to use with trikes. Airfer fit the Dron with a Moster 185 Plus, and it comes in a stainless steel version, weighing 25kg, or a titanium version that is 1.5kg lighter. To keep weight […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Chrigel Maurer to fly Skywalk

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Chrigel Maurer to fly Skywalk

Chrigel Maurer will fly Skywalk in this year’s Red Bull X-Alps, Skywalk announced on Friday 5 May. The four-time X-Alps champion has been trialling wings throughout spring, and has been flying XC on GIN and Ozone two-liners. However, according to Skywalk, Chrigel will fly Skywalk for the rest of the hike-and-fly adventure race season, which […]

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Ueli Steck dies in fall in Everest region

Ueli Steck dies in fall in Everest region

Ueli Steck, the pioneering mountaineer and paraglider pilot, has died in a climbing accident in the Everest region of Nepal. Steck, 40, died after falling while climbing on Nuptse (7,861m), according to reports. He was in the area acclimatising ahead of a bid to complete a traverse of Lhotse (8,516m) and Everest (8,848m). Kamal Prasad […]

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Durogati and Coconea to fly Advance in 2017 X-Alps

Durogati and Coconea to fly Advance in 2017 X-Alps

Aaron Durogati and Toma Coconea will be flying for Advance in the Red Bull X-Alps 2017. They join Sebastian Huber, who finished the race second in 2015, as confirmed Advance pilots in the forthcoming adventure race, and will be flying three-liner Omega X-Alps 2 wings. Advance say that Chrigel Maurer is deciding whether to go with a […]

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Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro’s Kiwi is a 15m² paraglider that’s made for groundhandling.  It’s good for all conditions, the company say, and lthough it’s designed for ground-work, it is airworthy and in fact launches easily, whether in nil-wind or strong  breezes up to 40km/h, responding well to rear-riser steering and correction. They say its uncomplicated design, few lines and […]

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GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN’s Condor is their “big lady”, a heavyweight tandem for professional and recreational tandem PPG pilots. It’s made for trikes, and offers an easy take-off and great performance, GIN say, with smooth inflation, good energy retention and a wide speed range allowing for a good margin of safety on take-offs and landings. It is fast and stable at high […]

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Strong the Wind Blows: download Ben Jordan’s film

Strong the Wind Blows: download Ben Jordan’s film

Ben Jordan is releasing a documentary about his 1,000km Canadian Rockies vol-bivouac traverse. The film documents the 39-day, 1,000km “impossible” traverse across the Rockies in British Columbia in summer 2016, which you can read about in Kung Fu Calling, issue 177. They said it couldn’t be done, that paragliding the width of British Columbia was not only […]

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Coast to Coast for Cancer Research UK

Coast to Coast for Cancer Research UK

British paramotorist Giles Fowler is planning to fly his paramotor 500km non-stop across the UK in June 2017, to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.   Giles, whose article on setting PPG height-gain records was featured in issue 167, explains: I wanted to try a different endeavor after a close friend of mine, Clarisse, was diagnosed with but is now […]

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Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic has joined Cross Country Magazine as the magazine’s new acro voice. He will be writing a regular slot on acro paragliding every other issue, starting with issue 179, May 2017. A member of the French acro team and a regular on acro podiums on the competition circuit, he is one of the […]

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GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN’s new Vantage 2 is a wing for intermediate paramotor pilots, and is also certified for free-flying. The company say the Vantage 2 fulfills all the demands and needs of a performance paramotor wing, at trim speed and with trimmers open and on bar. It is well-balanced in pitch with good roll stability, yet is precise and co-ordinated in the turn, resulting in a smooth and enjoyable […]

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Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone have announced that they will be releasing a light version of the EN-D Zeno, the Z-Alps, for summer 2017. The first Z-Alps wings will be supplied to 2017 Red Bull X-Alps competitors – Ozone say that about 12 of the 32 pilots in the race will be flying Ozone, including Pál Takáts (HU), Gaspard Petiot (FR) and Nick Neynens (NZ). […]

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Moyes RX Pro 2017 optional extras

Moyes RX Pro 2017 optional extras

Moyes have announced they will be offering two optional extras for customers buying their RX Pro competition hang glider: the Pro-Edge trailing edge and Skylite undersurface. The Pro-Edge is a new high-tech laminate by Dimension Polyant. Moyes say its random array of non-woven composite filaments give the trailing edge excellent abrasion resistance and a smooth, sharp appearance, and it […]

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AirDesign release lightweight EN-D Hero

AirDesign release lightweight EN-D Hero

AirDesign have announced the Hero, their new ultralight, high-performance EN-D. It’s designed for competition pilots, vol-bivouac enthusiasts, and backcountry adventurers, and the smallest size weighs less than 3kg. It’s characterised by a high top speed and precise handling characteristics, AD say. It was designed from scratch, with every element optimised for efficiency and weight reduction. It has a modest […]

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FAI announce Young Artist winners 2017

FAI announce Young Artist winners 2017

The 2017 FAI Young Artists Contest winners have been announced. They include two youngsters from India and one from Russia. Children from FAI member countries submitted artwork, to the theme of ‘Beyond the clouds’. Prizes were awarded in three age categories (6-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-17 years). The quality of work was vey impressive – visit the gallery on Flickr to see all of […]

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